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Two Killed in Ethnic Clashes Between Iteso and Karimojong

A police officer in the area told URN on condition of anonymity that Oumo got angry when he saw his wife riding with the deceased on a bike and mobilized his relatives and friends to lynch him.
14 Jan 2020 19:48
Tension is high between the Iteso and Karimojong communities in Apeitolim in Napak district. It all started after group of Iteso lynched unidentified Karimojong on Sunday on allegations of infidelity.

The Karimojong man was accused of being involved in an extra marital affair with the spouse of Martin Oumo, a resident of the same area. 

A police officer in the area told URN on condition of anonymity that Oumo got angry when he saw his wife riding with the deceased on a bike and mobilized his relatives and friends to lynch him.

 

According to the officer, Karimojongs decided to avenge the death of their colleague torched at least 24 thatched huts belonging to the Teso community causing the death of an infant. 

This triggered tension between the two community members who have been living peacefully since 2010.  

It took the intervention of police and the military to calm down the situation and arrest 20 suspects. Sam Lowal, the former area LC 3 chairperson, said the suspects are locked up at Kangole Police Station.

Joyce Acan, a resident of the area told URN on phone that she now lives in fear because of the tension between the two communities. 

“We are receiving death threats day and night since the death of locals in this area. We are homeless and we ask the government to restore order here immediately if they delay more people could be killed in revenge attacks,” said Acan.

The Mt. Moroto Region Police Commander, Gerald Twishime Byensi confirmed the incident but declined to give details citing security reasons.  

In 2017, more than 30 huts were burned at Alekilek at Napak - Amuria border due to a land conflict between the two communities.

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